Sunday, 19 July 2020

Weekly Update #121


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Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


Work, work, more work. 
Plus side, school holidays have commenced! This means three day work weeks (like last year) as I'll be using annual leave to have four day weekends until schools go back in September.
I'm excited!
We'll be flying by the seat of our pants week to week when considering what to amuse ourselves with but we'll find interesting stuff to do, I'm sure. 

The professor built massive planters for the garden last week so this weekend we set out sanding,  staining and weatherproofing them before he lines them and fills them with garden stuff... Gardening is not my thing but I like wielding paintbrushes so I got recruited.
Thankfully, the weather has been sunny and hot (grr, too hot really) this week so we could get it all finished.

Last night, I went to a friends house where a small group of us sat out in the garden eating things and drinking things around a fire pit and just chatting and it was awesome. 
That particular group of ladies are my people. We're all very different - ages, backgrounds, life situations - but somehow we gravitated together and formed a tribe that's grown stronger and stronger over the past four years and now I don't know what I'd do without them in my life.
It's so nice to be back with them in person nowadays (even if we have to maintain physical distance) after the months of video calls... Another small perk to the easing of lockdown!


Paperbacks


Freebies


This author and series are highly recommended by Tanya so when I spotted two of them up for grabs on Amazon I nabbed 'em!


Three novellas and finished a novel I started weeks ago.
Give how little I've been reading lately, this is a huge improvement!


Dead Ringer - Dead As A Doornail - Poison & Honey ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lead Me Back - ⭐⭐⭐


Ilona Andrews has put up the pre-order for the Julie book they're serialising on their blog at the moment: Blood Heir releases January 2021 and I'm excited! I'm not reading the serialisation on the blog because I just want to binge it once it's finished and polished, lol.

Other bookish news that made me happy and excited this week is that Kristen Ashley is writing another MC series and it'll cross over with Chaos so squeeeee! Book one releases in February 2021 so it's still some time away but still. #happy.


I finally watched the third Fifty Shades movie - Fifty Shades Freed. Yeah... It was pretty much what I expected. By that, I mean not as terrible as the book but still pretty shitty.
Christain Grey (and Dornan's interpretation of him) is as controlling and hideous as I remember. 😠
Never mind, I've watched them! I watched them for the same reason I read the books... Just to see what the fuss is about and I can now firmly say I'm not impressed.




The Television Tag!
TTT: Bookish Things That Make Me Smile
Mini Reviews: Switch Bidder, Will You Be Mine, Love Game


Audio Review: The Journals of Octavia Hollows by Stacey Rourke
Mini Reviews: Sweep With Me, American Demon and Poison & Honey
Mini Reviews: Dead in The Water, Head Above Water and Hell or High Water by Hailey Edwards! (Gemini Series)


Have a great week all!

30 comments:

  1. I got all excited, but Richardson's books are not free on my Amazon. If I read more books, I can buy more books. Maybe someday. Enjoy all those 4-day weekends. It's awesome that your employer allows you to do that. We would never be able to get that in my department.

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    1. Aw that sucks! I wonder if the deal ended or if it was just regional? :(

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  2. Yay for 4 day weekends! I'm sure you guys will find plenty to do to fill the time even though it will be different than the norm. I don't think anywhere in America would allow that use of paid time off.

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  3. I know what you mean by feeling good to reunite with you girls! I went to a friend's house three weeks ago and it felt so good!!!!
    I hope your summer will be good even with the COVID Nicci. And yes Tanya is raving about these books LOL

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    1. Me too, Sophie! I've got my masks, sanitiser and plenty of soap. I shan't be defeated! 😂

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  4. Four day weekends sound lovely! And I'm glad you were able to safely see friends in person. That's one of the main things that I miss.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It is a lovely feeling. I hope you get it back soon!

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  5. I'm glad you had a nice week with friends and holidays to enjoy for the next month with long weekends. If only people here would be smart and kind. I'm enjoying my gardens, so I hope you enjoy yours. I'm reading Blood Heir and I've pre-ordered it also. Have a lovely week. Stay safe and be kind.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. I've avoided reading it on the website after the first few scenes on the bridge. I figured I'd just wait then binge it all.

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  6. Four day weekends sounds such a humane, sensible solution - I wish all employers were as understanding! Though I'm very aware everyone working at home has been probably more productive than when working 9-5 in the office!

    The garden beds sound good and you were certainly lucky with the weather regarding painting:)). Glad you were able to get together with friends - my writing group is hoping to also get together for real this Wednesday, but it all depends upon the weather. Have a great week, Nicci:)

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    1. My employer is awesome for their flexibility. They'd rather be flexible than lose good people which makes perfect sense to me.

      Lol, Saturday's painting spree was due to Sunday's rainy forecast. :)

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  7. Yay for getting back into reading! And for hanging out with your friends! That's awesome!

    Have a great week! 😊

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    1. I had a good reading week. This week has been okay too so far... Fingers crossed it stays that way! :)

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  8. I recently visited my hometown and it was so awesome to be with my bff for awhile. I never got into 50 Shades. I haven't read any of the books or seen the movies. Happy reading!

    Natflix&Books

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    1. You're not missing much re 50 shades! Bad, bad, bad...

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  9. Enjoy your time off! I’m glad you got to spend some time with friends. I haven’t seen my friends in a long time because they live on the other side of the country. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I hope you enjoy your four day weekends with your child. It has been very hot around here too - I would not have the energy for gardening.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. I'm not a fan of gardening even when it's cool, lol. The heat saps all my energy and patience.

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  11. That’s great news you got to hang out with your friends, its just not the same virtually!

    I couldn’t stand the FSOG films either, they made me cringe!!

    Have a good week.

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  12. I love gardening and I finally started building a new butterfly garden out here. I've only had one butterfly but I'm excited.

    I'm glad you're finding your new normal where you can still see friends.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Oh, nice! We've had the greeny/white cabbage butterflies or whatever they're called (i'm good with nature, lol) and it's been nice but completely unintentional. :)

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  13. Hooray for switching to the summer schedule! 4 day weekends sounds lovely. So happy to see the Lora Richardson books! I hope you enjoy them whenever you get to them.

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    1. It seems strange looking forward to 4 day weekends when it's not like I've been in office properly since March but the home school and working from home took a toll so I'm ready for the boundaries to be re-drawn. :)

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  14. There hasn't been much rain here over the summer either but thankfully it hasn't been all heatwavey either as I hate hot weather! I have no intention of ever reading or watching 50 shades! So not my thing!

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    1. It's strange how much warmer it is down here than in Scotland... I really struggled when we first moved and ten years later I'm still not used to it.

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